I’ve talked about this before, I know, but Terry and I don’t really do Valentine’s Day. Or rather, we do… just not in the way I suspect you’re really “supposed” to.
We don’t exchange cards, for instance, or gifts. There’s no themed dressing (Or not from me, anyway: Terry sometimes finds it hard not break out all of his pink, heart-themed outfits…), and although we will occasionally push the boat out with a nice meal out somewhere, what we REALLY like doing is… well, staying home and having ourselves a Netflix marathon, basically. Last of the great romantics, or what?
Because Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, we decided to “celebrate” on Sunday night instead, and because we’re not complete heathens, we did a few things to attempt to make the evening feel just a little bit different from our usual Sunday nights in. There was champagne, for instance. (Well, OK, it was actually Cava, but hey!) There were candles – and pink and red heart-shaped ones, no less! Finally, there were snacks: because I don’t know about you, but I don’t ever want to have to sit through a Netflix marathon without snacks – and lots of them, ideally.
Now, as much as I love my chocolate, I actually have more of a savoury tooth than a sweet one, so I’ll pick the cheese board over dessert any day. (This works out pretty well, because Terry has a super-sweet tooth, so I get to eat some of his ice-cream, and he… well, he doesn’t get any of my cheese board, because Amber doesn’t share. Nuh-uh.) We’ll quite often have some crackers with cheese when we’re relaxing in front of the TV for the evening, and, I’ll just be honest, we don’t normally go to this much effort with it, but hey: if you can’t get a bit fancy for Valentine’s day, when can you?
We made these using The Laughing Cow soft cheese, and if you’re thinking that I probably ate a few triangles straight from the tub while we were taking these photos, then yes: you are absolutely right about that. I also ate a couple while I was writing this post, actually. What can I say, I like my cheese…
We kept the toppings pretty simple on these: onions and grapes for me, and some strawberry jam to satisfy Terry’s sweet tooth – although, I have to admit that I’m ALSO a fan of that particular ‘sweet n’savoury’ combination, so I might have had some of those too. Whoops.
As for what we were watching while we were working our way through these snacks, meanwhile, well, as I’m sure you’ve probably guessed from this post, it was The Walking Dead. Because nothing says ‘romance’ quite like an evening spent watching people smash the skulls of zombies, does it? Exactly.
If you’d like to create your own romantic evening in, meanwhile, either with or without the zombies (I mean, I’d recommend at least a FEW of them, but it’s totally up to you, obviously…), The Laughing Cow are giving away two Loving Cow boxes, packed full of bespoke ingredients to help you on your way. You’ll find details of how to enter below: sorry, guys, but this one is open to UK residents aged 18 and over only!
How are you spending Valentine’s Day this year?
[This post was sponsored by The Laughing Cow]